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Jim Naughtie 'is an Englishman'


A few weeks ago the Today programme's James Naughtie gave a sample of DNA to find out his genetic heritage.

"You sound like a Scotsman, Jim, but the brutal truth is that you are Anglo-Saxon," Scottish historian Alistair Moffat, of the Scottish DNA project, told the presenter.

"It's a polite way of saying you're an Englishman," he said, explaining that his DNA showed a link with Denmark, and his distant relatives were Angles, who came across the North Sea in 500 AD.

Giving him some tips on his new found Englishness, Kate Fox, author of Watching the English: The Hidden Rules of English Behaviour, said that the English "social dis-ease" was fairly simple to pick up.

"A politically correct euphemism would be that we are a bit socially challenged," she said.

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